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Sleep Apnoea
« on: 01 March, 2010, 05:33:57 pm »
I was diagnosed with this a year ago, was permanently tired and fell asleep very easily watching telly etc.. They said I would have to wear a mask and use a positive pressure machine every night for ever. Bummer. However last year I lost nearly 2 stone and my snoring disappeared (well went to normal person levels) and I was waking refreshed without the mask.
Over the last three months I have put on a bit of weight again (maybe half a stone - I'm blaming Christmas) and have started snoring hugely again and am feeling more tired. So it looks like it's a fine line between OK and not OK.
So no more chocolate for me and no more wine or beer during the week. I am also going to make a big effort to cycle more again after getting out of the habit after my off last summer (10 stitches in my head).
I am sort of posting this in case anyone else suffers from obstructive sleep apnoea to let them know that there is a strong possibility that simply loosing some weight may alleviate the symptoms completely but that they may have to loose quite a bit before they see any beneficial effects but not to give up as it seems that there is a magic weight that once you cross it you get great benefits.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

Re: Sleep Apnoea
« Reply #1 on: 13 October, 2021, 11:21:28 am »
My fancy new watch monitors my oxygen saturation over night. Looked at the stats, and it drops below 90% a couple of times a night. So looks like sleep apnoea, will probably get some gadgets to monitor breathing rates/snoring, as well as diet/exercise, and trying to solve it myself before trying the doctor. Has anyone had it, and had it go away?

I wake up tired, but I'm normally right as rain after bike commute into work.



I've always suspected it, as I've occasionally had dreams where I'm drowning/unable to breath etc, but this goes right back to childhood.

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Re: Sleep Apnoea
« Reply #2 on: 20 October, 2021, 11:40:51 am »
I had sleep apnoea and there's another thread somewhere about it. I haven't got it now but I had to lose at least 2 stone before that was the case.
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Re: Sleep Apnoea
« Reply #3 on: 20 October, 2021, 02:23:59 pm »
https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=86997.0 refers.

I don't (think I) have sleep apnoea, though I'm probably fat enough, but I am definitely not getting enough sleep.

Google-induced hypochondria being what it is, I might change my mind.
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Re: Sleep Apnoea
« Reply #4 on: 20 October, 2021, 02:45:38 pm »
My fancy new watch monitors my oxygen saturation over night. Looked at the stats, and it drops below 90% a couple of times a night. So looks like sleep apnoea, will probably get some gadgets to monitor breathing rates/snoring, as well as diet/exercise, and trying to solve it myself before trying the doctor. Has anyone had it, and had it go away?

I wake up tired, but I'm normally right as rain after bike commute into work.



I've always suspected it, as I've occasionally had dreams where I'm drowning/unable to breath etc, but this goes right back to childhood.

I read that sleep apnoea can exacerbate ADHD symptoms.

I'm on a waiting list to see the sleep clinic as apparently I regularly stop breathing at night and wake up with a gasp. I do have dreams about not being able to breathe. My migraines also often come on overnight which is a real pain as it ruins the entire day.

The huge downside of waiting to see the sleep clinic is that the migraine clinic has decided I'm not allowed to try any more preventive meds until I've seen the sleep specialists, which I'm a bit gutted about as there are exciting new drugs about.

I'm not overweight either, though I'm at the upper end of a healthy BMI (problematic though BMI is) but apparently it's not essential.

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Re: Sleep Apnoea
« Reply #5 on: 20 October, 2021, 02:51:53 pm »
For some people, sleep apnoea is caused by stuff going in in the nasal cavity. IIRC Teethgrinder had/has this. For me, it was the sheer mass of neck flab squashing my trachea.
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Re: Sleep Apnoea
« Reply #6 on: 20 October, 2021, 03:00:27 pm »
For some people, sleep apnoea is caused by stuff going in in the nasal cavity. IIRC Teethgrinder had/has this. For me, it was the sheer mass of neck flab squashing my trachea.

I do struggle with a blocked nose most nights. While I'm waiting for the sleep clinic the GP prescribed flunarizine antihistamines and mometasone nasal spray, which has helped a bit.

Re: Sleep Apnoea
« Reply #7 on: 17 December, 2021, 11:20:11 pm »
They say if you fall asleep too quickly, it maybe an indicator of sleep apnoea. I can put on a podcast, and I'm asleep before the intro music has finished.


Re: Sleep Apnoea
« Reply #8 on: 21 December, 2021, 10:35:34 am »
They say if you fall asleep too quickly, it maybe an indicator of sleep apnoea. I can put on a podcast, and I'm asleep before the intro music has finished.

I generally fall asleep very quickly (but wake in the night). I can put the 15 minute sleep timer on my podcast and still be asleep well before it stops.

A while back I took a monitor home from the hospital and slept with it but I don't get an appointment to discuss results to the end of January and given the circs I'm not convinced it will happen.